Seriously scary research on sitting for those of us with office jobs. Before I moved to my current (nice, stable, full time with benefits and no travel) job, I was a road warrior who spent the vast majority of my time standing, walking, moving in general. Not so for the last five years. Recent studies are showing that even if you exercise regularly, if you sit more than 6 hours a day, you dramatically increase your chances of dying of a heart related illness over 10-15 years. So, I decided to go for a standing desk. Unfortunately, the cost of those is danged prohibitive and my team just moved to a new building with all new furniture so the chances of getting one that way was slim to none.
Enter the internet, Home Depot and IKEA. Using the information in this article on building a $22 standing desk with off the shelf frankenparts from IKEA, I now have a serviceable standing desk (though I made some modifications – pictures and details in the next article) and the experiment begins tomorrow. First though, read this article in the New York Times, take a look at the infographic below and start standing and moving around as much as possible – even if you regularly exercise.